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Biodefense

Biden Administration Actions Taken to Confront COVID-19

In an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus, the Biden administration has articulated policy directives supporting protective measures such as mask wearing, social distancing and other science-based public health responses. Here, we are compiling selected executive actions taken by President Biden to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Climate Change and Security

Biden Orders Immediate Confrontation of Climate Crisis

On Jan. 20, President Joe Biden signed an executive order entitled, “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.” It establishes the Biden administration’s commitment to immediately work to confront both the causes and impacts of climate change by implementing policy guided by science.

Podcasts

The Lawfare Podcast: Information Disorder During and After the Trump Presidency

During his inaugural address yesterday, President Biden spoke about the subject of this podcast: disinformation. “There is truth and there are lies,” Biden said, “lies told for power and for profit.” And he asked Americans to unify rather than “turn inward” against those “who don't get their news from the same sources you do.”

Podcasts

The Lawfare Podcast: Jeff Kosseff on the Fight Against Online Child Pornography

Private entities—in particular, technology giants like internet service providers, email services and social networks—play a vital role in helping law enforcement fight child pornography online. But the involvement of private entities does not eliminate the Fourth Amendment issues that come with electronic surveillance. In fact, the more the private entities cooperate with the government, the more likely it is that courts will consider them government agents, and the evidence they collect will be subject to the same Fourth Amendment restrictions as apply to law enforcement agencies.

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